See a process few people ever do as we learn step-by-step how luxury fashion brands make fine leather belts in this valuable course.
Access to 20 individual online leather lessons, each with a video and text notes. Edited to over 1 hour 10 minutes (maximized for learning time), easily viewable on common digital devices.
Crafters at all levels, given the professional insights and and rarely-shared knowledge included in the lessons in this online leathercraft course.
Bennett comes from a background that approaches fine leather accessory design more like that of engineering than basic crafting. The tight tolerances, fit, and finish of fine leather goods require additional levels of planning, thought, technique, and execution.
Luxury brands often have master crafters design their goods, define the steps/process to make them, then hand that off to their in-house production team. Thus, master crafters like Bennett often invent/refine the unique methods of construction that are used.
While each master does it a little differently, these methods are often kept private. With shared interest of leather working knowledge and education, and so more crafters can carry and apply these skills, we bring you this online leather course. This is truly an opportunity and priviledge to see and learn from these techniques.
A working knowledge to produce a fine leather belt, with tight fit and finish, demonstrated by a master craftsman in a production-level workshop. The tools utilized include machines and some hand tools. Some of the motorized tool-based steps can be replicated manually, with more time and manual techniques.
A step-by-step walkthrough of the production process of a luxury leather belt, in a professional leather studio – including material and tool recommendations and sources in a digital online leather working course format.
It is not a deep dive into each tool. For example, a sewing machine is used – selection, maintenance, and use would be another course.
Bennett Liberty is a designer and master craftsman of fine leather accessories. He is based in the USA and has been creating limited edition, bench-made goods and consulting for the industry for 50 years. A quintessential leather working expert and fine craftsman, with global training and luxury leather goods produced at the highest levels, his experience is as follows:
Bennett began his career as a craftsman in the American Craft Movement of the 1960’s. In the 1970’s, he attended feintaschner (“fine-bagger”) handbag trade school in Offenbach, Germany (at the time the world’s center for luxury handbag design).
Next, he apprenticed at Karl Seeger, GMBH, the luxury accessories company located in West Germany where he worked under the tutelage of European master builders. Since the 1980’s, Bennett has been a master model maker / sample maker, pattern maker, and production skills consultant for the fashion accessories and industrial design industries, national and international.
Broadly-speaking, when a luxury brand is looking to design and launch a new leather good, Bennett would help conceptualize, design, and prototype it, and the step-by-step production process (generally, 60-300 steps for luxury leather goods). The luxury brand would then use Bennett’s patterns and process for their in-house production.
Bennett has taught as an adjunct professor at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) and as a national juror for the American Craft Council. His clients have included Coach, Carolina Herrera, Cole Haan, Herman Miller, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta, and Tumi.
Here are some looks into the lessons, giving a feel for the tools, techniques, angles, and topics explored in the course. We also get to explore some unique techniques Bennett has personally developed over time.
This course can be beneficial to crafters at all levels, given the rare and unique insights Bennett shares.
Newer crafters can learn best practices to strive for as they develop their skills. Intermediate and advanced crafters can learn production-level skills that help inform, guide, and improve their own practices.
Once you complete the purchase and are logged in, you will see a menu option appear for this course under “My Courses”. There, you can enter the course, view the lessons, and then progress through each one at your own pace.
As a digital item where all assets are delivered instantly, there are generally no returns. We think you’ll find a lot of value in this course and what you can learn from it.
The course is on our responsively-designed platform, so it can be easily viewed and enjoyed on most common digital devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices that have an internet connection.
You’ll have instant access to the course 24/7 for 1-year (365 days) after purchase.
For those crafters that prefer to work more manually, the production steps still apply, and can be crafted using manual methods and techniques. It will likely take a bit more time, incorporating additional skills, yet possible to produce a fine product by hand.